Hemp Wick or Butane Lighter?.

Inhaling hot butane from lighters is a health risk when smokers use it to light their joints. Butane also affects the flavour of fine cannabis and burns at a higher temperature to bring out the full potency which destroys much of the aromatic terpenes. Wood or paper matches are not much different. There’s the risk of inhaling burned sulphur.

This is one reason why cigar lovers are known to use strips of wood to light their Cubans. This is also the reason why hemp wick is a popular lighting choice for many cannabis connoisseurs.

Why Use Hemp Wick?


Hemp is coated with beeswax to form a slow burning thread that offers a safer, better, and environmentally alternative to butane lighters and matchsticks. The fine film of beeswax is wrapped around a lighter or spool to slow down the burning. It is cheaper than butane lighters, burns at a lower temperature than butane and does not ruin the taste of the terpenes.

A roll of hemp wick lasts for a long time even if you are a regular smoker.

Wicks help you control the flame with more precision. You can inhale more cannabinoids and terpenes since the lower temperature doesn’t burn them out.


Hemp wick, however, requires skill to use. It requires hand-eye coordination and the beeswax can drip if it’s not high quality. Glass ones with a cork look elegant but are more expensive.

Where to Find Hemp Wicks

Hemp wick dispensers are inexpensive, easy to use and available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. A tiny spool costs about a dollar or two while bigger rolls cost more but are available in different diameters too. Thicker the wick, the slower it is to burn but thicker wicks are more commonly used in candles.

Why Do You Need a Cannabis Grinder?.

Rolling a joint the right way helps it to burn evenly so that the effects can be savoured fully. When you’ve spent money on a prime bud, you wouldn’t want it to burn unevenly and go up in smoke in no time. This is why you need a cannabis grinder. A grinder helps you shred and break down the flower buds into tiny fragments so all the particles burn and release their flavour the cannabinoids and terpenes in them uniformly. What helps is having a good grinder that holds the marijuana together to be crushed evenly.

Which Grinder is Best

A high-quality metal grinder works best. These have stacks of chambers with rows of sharp edges and a series of holes between them at the base that catch the bits of ground marijuana preventing them from being ground too finely. Just scoop up the ground pot from the second chamber for use.

Cool Grinding Hacks

Cannabis Grinder: Avoid grinding all the marijuana at once. Mix some of the shredded weed on top with the finer bits while rolling the joint. This way, the grip of the pot inside the roll is better.

  • Break-up the buds and place them between the teeth of the grinder after you’ve taken off the lid.

  • Avoid placing the cannabis directly on the centre where the magnet is located.

  • Replace the cap and rotate about 10 times until most of the bud has fallen through the holes.

  • The cannabinoid-rich trichomes collect at the base of the second chamber.

  • Load up this unprocessed, unpressed, fine brown or pale green powder “kief” from the bottom chamber in your pipe, blunts, vapourizer, bowls or bongs for a potent experience.

Coffee Grinder: If you don’t have a grinder or can’t find the perfect one, try using a coffee grinder until you get your hands on the real thing. Just make sure it is well cleaned. Don’t be surprised to get an extra kick out of your coffee or feel a bit high when you use the grinder next time. If there are bits of marijuana left in them, your morning cup of coffee itself will give you a high. How fun is that?

Pestle and Mortar: Tradition never goes out of fashion. Try using a pestle and mortar to grind your marijuana buds. Make sure the buds are dry first. Moist buds are harder to disintegrate and grind finely.

Knife and Chopping Board: The good old knife and chopping board always works. Avoid a serrated blade. The tiny, delicate buds may escape through the gaps and not give you the desired result. Go easy on the speed and observe caution. Try crushing the longer strands with your fingers holding your palm flat, facing up and using the fingers of the other to break the weed apart like many do with hand rolled tobacco cigarettes.

How to Clean the Grinder

  • After a few uses, your grinder may turn sticky with resin from the kief making it harder to twist open the grinder cap.

  • Clean off the sticky mess by applying salt and isopropyl alcohol.

  • Use a paintbrush or toothbrush to clean off the kief between the blades.

  • Freeze your grinder before cleaning to get rid of stubborn, sticky off the kief.

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Difference between CBD and THC.

Marijuana leaves contain more than 113 chemical compounds. These compounds are referred to as cannabinoids which interact with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most well-known cannabinoids. It has been proven that THC is the reason why we get a cannabis high, but there hasn’t been much research gone into what CBD actually does. Recent studies have shown that CBD can counteract the effects of THC, and can provide a range of medical benefits and symptom relief.

Here are some of the differences between CBD and THC:

Psychological Interactions

CBD is generally accepted for its non-psychoactive medical benefits while THC is the compound that is known to get you high. THC is the main component that is responsible for the mind-altering effects of the plant. You get high because your brain changes how it functions when the THC binds to CB1 (cannabinoid 1) receptors, which are found in your brain.

THC can bind with your CB1 receptors because it mimics an existing and naturally produced neurotransmitter called anandamide, also known as the bliss molecule. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid which activates your CB1 receptors. When your produce anandamide naturally, it increases your appetite and allows you to experience rewarding effects after you exercise (like when you experience a “high” after running a long distance). When you introduce THC to your body, it produces the blissful feelings because it can activate your CB1 receptors.

Although CBD doesn’t bind to your CB1 receptors (meaning you don’t get the same psychoactive effect as THC), it does give you other effects of the physiology of your mind and body. Research has been done that shows CBD may act as a mild antidepressant and as an antipsychotic because of how it interacts with your brain.

Physical Interactions

Your CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated by THC while CBD has a more indirect effect. In your endocannabinoid system, the cannabinoids from marijuana interact with your cannabinoid receptors. Some parts of your skin and muscles contain cannabinoid receptors, which is why external cannabis topicals work.

When THC binds with CB1 it stimulates your body in a certain way. The results will generally be fatigue, relaxation, altered senses, and hunger. On the other hand, CBD does not stimulate your CB1 and CB2 receptors directly, but they will interact with them indirectly which is called modulation.

CBD has the potential to increase the levels of your body’s own naturally produced endocannabinoids because of the way they indirectly interact with your CB1 and CB2 receptors. People use CBD for the therapeutic effects they have on many different receptor systems that run throughout the body.

Medical Uses

CBD and THC have their own library of benefits and uses. CBD can be used to treat or relieve epilepsy, anxiety, and psychosis. THC is used more for its relaxing, pain-relieving, and euphoric effects. Here are a few of the different uses and benefits each of the two cannabinoids have:

Uses for CBD:

  • Anticonvulsant

  • Anti-tumoral

  • Painkiller

  • Anti-anxiety

  • Neuroprotective

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antipsychotic

Uses for THC:

  • Increases appetite

  • Painkiller

  • Sleep and drowsiness

  • Relaxation and euphoria

  • Muscle relaxant

  • Antiemetic


L.A. Based Journalist Michelle Lhooq Releases a Book to Educate People About the Stoner Culture.

“Canada has always seemed to be one step ahead of the U.S. in many ways, and I think Americans are looking to Canada as an example of how nationwide legalization could work,” says Michelle Lhooq in an interview with the magazine Lift&Co.

The L.A. based journalist’s guide on cannabis culture features practical tips and weed-centric wisdom for pot enthusiasts and novices alike in the book: Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask. It also carries interviews with those in the industry from weed sommeliers to editors of cannabis magazines and the “cannasexual” sex educator, Ashley Manta . The interview, conducted by Max Mertens, throws light on everything weed, focusing primarily on women, people of colour and LDBTQ voices.

“Weed has always operated outside the mainstream economy” - Lhooq

“I always feel like people of colour and minorities and women and queer people are always doing the most interesting things. I wanted to elevate those voices because I think the weed industry is in a really transitional phase right now, where historically it actually has been a pretty good place for women and people of colour and minorities, because it’s always operated outside of the mainstream economy,” she says. “But at the same time, a lot of smaller players are now getting pushed out of the industry because all of the money that’s going in, and it’s expensive to get the permits that you need to grow, open a dispensary, or whatever you want to do,” she continues.

Lhooq tells Mertens in the interview “Actually I would love a book like this because I get really intimidated asking questions about weed. People just assume that everyone should already know things about stoner culture, but I just started smoking weed last year.”

Regarding her interview with the “cannasexual” she says “I really enjoyed my chat with Ashley Manta, the weed sex expert. We did it in a backroom of this crazy weed party that we were at, and she really opened up to me about how she used weed to cope with PTSD. I never thought about weed helping people deal with sexual trauma, though it now obviously makes so much sense. I’ve always associated weed and sex as being like weed lube, without thinking about how it can have even deeper, more emotional healing.”

She also feels that the U.S. has a lot to learn from Canada in terms of handling weed legalization and the industry in general.

“Canada has always seemed to be one step ahead of the U.S. in many ways, and I think Americans are looking to Canada as an example of how nationwide legalization could work. A lot of the American weed industry's headaches are coming from state versus federal discrepancies — for example, it's incredibly hard to get a loan for a weed company from a federal bank. So it's interesting to see how the Canadian government's regulation has enabled their industry to soar, especially in terms of investments, with Aurora Canada being a prime example,” she says.

“Cannabis has been a part of rave culture forever’ - Lhooq

Lhooq also feels that the rave culture and cannabis go hand in hand. She threw a weed rave party earlier in the year for “normal” people because she believes “a lot of outsiders think weed is not a good party substance, they associate raves with MDMA, and that’s about it.”

“I think cannabis has been a part of rave culture since forever. One of the reasons I programmed all of these different activities around the rave was to show that weed is such a versatile experience. You can really pair different types of strains or different methods of intake, and do completely different activities, and it complements well because weed is one of the most complex plants on earth,” she adds.

Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask will be released on April 16th in L.A. The book launch party will be held in New York City on April 20 when the world will celebrate the Weed 420 Festival. For more updates and the latest news on weed, sign up on weednet.ca

Teens Using Less Marijuana After Legalization in Washington State, Research Says.

Washington was one of the first States to legalize marijuana. Recreational marijuana was legalized in retail stores way back in 2014.

A new youth survey led by a WSU College of Nursing Assistant Professor Janessa Graves published in the Journal of Adolescent Health threw light on marijuana consumption habits among teenagers after retail sales were legalized in Washington.

The attempt was to figure out if legalization made a difference in marijuana use among high schoolers who had long hours in a job (not including household chores, yard work, babysitting), those who didn’t have jobs. The research was weighed against the results from Washington States’ biennial Healthy Youth Survey from 2010 and 2016. The results have been unexpected.

  • High school seniors in grade 8th to 10th working over 11 hours a week have been using substantially less marijuana.

  • Marijuana consumption is less among 12th graders who didn’t work.

  • There was not much difference in marijuana use in high school seniors who worked less than 11 hours per week.

  • 4.8% of 8th graders who didn’t work reported using pot within the last 30 days.

  • 20.8% of 8th graders who worked reported using marijuana.

  • 13.9% 10th graders who didn’t work used marijuana within the last 30 days in 2016.

  • 33.2% of 10th graders who worked used marijuana.

  • 20.5% 12th graders who didn’t work used marijuana.

  • 36.7% 12th graders who worked used marijuana.

The one thing that was apparent in all results is that high schoolers who worked over 11 hours per week used more marijuana than their non-working peers. Graves stated "kids who work more often use substances, that's not a shock."

This is because kids who work interact with adults (who are not legal parents, coaches or teachers) in a mature atmosphere that exposes them to substances that are not meant for them. Working high schoolers also have access to more disposable income than their non-working friends.

The study concludes saying that parents must pay attention to the quality of the workplace that kids come in contact with when working. "Kids learn a lot by working, in terms of responsibility,"

Graves said. "But there are also pretty good data showing that kids who work engage in adult-like behaviors earlier. I would say this for any parent of working kids: It's important to know the quality of management and supervision at your child's job. Be thoughtful about the quality of a particular workplace." Graves also suggested that employers should take action by advertising and enforcing zero-tolerance policies of adult employees.


Experts Explain Why Canadians Are Hesitating to Buy Marijuana Online.

Across Canada, there’s a pattern. Provinces that have a large number of cannabis stores are doing better than online stores. Ontario, which has yet to open a store, registers Canada’s second lowest per capita consumption, right before B.C.

“Clearly the system is not working from an online perspective in Ontario,” says Deepak Anand, CEO of Materia Ventures, that supplies and distributes cannabis. Anand adds “Alberta, on the other hand, is doing quite well.”

The trend is much more visible in Quebec. The province started with a dozen legal cannabis store with each one potentially serving 700,000 people. Even then, Quebecers chose to line up in the cold travelling long distances to do so to get their hands on legal weed as opposed to buying it online without leaving the comfort of their homes. 80% of the province’s cannabis revenues come from bricks-and-mortar retail stores. That says it all!

In Nova Scotia, the trend is not much different. 94% of sales here and 95% in New Brunswick are from retail stores. It’s clear that “Canadians want the touch-and-feel aspect, wanting to go into a store and talk to somebody and sort of get their products, versus going online and buying it through an online channel,” say experts to the Global News.

Why Experienced and Inexperienced Pot Users Both Shop Online

There are primarily three main reasons for this, they say. Michael Armstrong from Brock University explains “It’s a sensory product. If they’re going to a store, they can see the samples, they can sniff them in most provinces, and that can be part of the purchasing experience. It’s like buying groceries — you like to look at the produce and touch it. You get some information that way that you can’t get online.”

Anand says that experienced buyers and inexperienced buyers both have antithetical reasons to visit stores. Experienced ones know what they are looking for so they like to see, touch and sniff their way to know. Inexperienced ones have no clue so they wish to consult specialists and learn more.

“It’s a product that the average consumer hasn’t been using for a long time,” Anand elaborates. “This is something new. They may have consumed it when they were in high school, but that was many years ago. On the other side, you have connoisseurs of the product that want to understand, just like you would want to go to a wine store and want to know a little bit more about your wine.”

No Privacy Online

Another issue is privacy. Online shopping offers convenience but no privacy. There’s a trail of data in unexpected places that is easy to track and report. With countries like the U.S.A. banning cannabis on a federal travel and cannabis users facing lifetime bans to visit the country, buying online becomes avoidable for customers who have store buying choice.

“Buying online means you have to set up an account of some sort on the website, you have to pay with a credit card, there are two sets of electronic records that potentially could track you,” Armstrong says. Store buying is cash-friendly so nothing is tracked.

The federal privacy commissioner advised Canadians to use cash as much as possible since “Some countries may deny entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis, even lawfully,” they cautioned.

Personalized Guidance

However informed a website may be, nothing beats plain old human help. “Consumers are looking for information,” says Armstrong. “They go online, but they don’t really know what to buy. There are all these products, but there’s almost no promotional material that would educate them and say, ‘Okay, this is the one you want for a high, this is the one you want for a buzz,’ that kind of thing. Going into a store and talking to the sales reps is one way to get some information about what I might like if I’m looking for this kind of effect.” “People want to be able to understand, from people they can trust, how this is going to taste and feel, and how it will make them feel.”


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